We'll be 3-4 days in San Diego early May. It will be my husband, my kids (10 & 12), and a 74 year old grandma. This will be our second visit to San Diego (except for Grandma, it's her first), but in our first visit we dedicated ourselves to Sea World and the Zoo, and didn't get a change to really see San Diego. Now that's what I want to do, but we only have time to do either Balboa Park or Seaport, I've already seen both websites, looked at pics and reviews here, and I'm still undecided. My husband and I both love the sea and the parks. We're not planning to either shop or dine in neither of them, just walk and admire the views, maybe a coffee or an ice-cream.
My plans so far are:
Arriving Saturday - ready at noon after leaving bags at the hotel: head to Little Italy and lunch at the Mercato, look around Little Italy maybe head back to the hotel (Homewood Suites) to get the room.
Then going to either Balboa Park or Seaport Village. Dine at Bluewater Seafood (if there's a better option so we can stay at BP/SV, I can leave Bluewater for our last night).
Sunday: we want to buy tickets for the Old Town Trolley, so we can check all the attractions at least from the Trolley: we're most interested on Coronado (I want to tour the Del), Point Loma (we might take the car there after the shuttle drops us off at the hotel, or get back last day), walk in the Bayfront and dine at the Fish Market (we dined there last time but it was after dark, I'm thinking in a 6pm reservation in the outside deck to be near the water).
Saturday: Back to San Diego. I have nothing planned this day, I think we'll do whatever we liked the most in the trolley tour.